The Ariya is an all-new vehicle for Nissan. It features Nissan’s new semi-autonomous driving system (ProPilot 2.0), which debuted on the Japanese-market Nissan Skyline sedan. The Ariya is said to deliver up to 300 miles of driving range, but only when equipped with the optional dual-front/rear-motor drive configuration and the larger 87.0-kWh battery pack.
Nissan was an early celebrity in EV production with its long running LEAF, although it hasn’t done much innovating since then. It was however, one of the global automakers to join the UN-backed “Race to Zero” campaign which aims to be 100% electric by “the early 2030s.” That journey begins with the Ariya crossover.
Initially unveiled in the summer of 2020, Nissan has shared the progress of its first electric SUV through prototype testing. This past fall, the Ariya officially launched in the US, opening reservations at a starting MSRP of $46,000 before taxes and other fees.
It will come in four trim variations, each with an 87 kWh battery, three of which are FWD. The estimated ranges vary for 265-300 miles. To incentivize consumers to place a reservation, Nissan is offering the first 10,000 orders made before January 31, 2022, a free two-year EVgo membership as well as $500 in charging credits upon purchase.
US deliveries of the Ariya are expected to begin in fall 2022.